NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 18, 2012) â€“ WaterTower Musicâ€™s soundtrack to Alcon Entertainmentâ€™s and Warner Bros. Picturesâ€™ Joyful Noise debuts this week at #1 on Billboardâ€™s Soundtrack Chart, #2 on Billboardâ€™s Independent Current Albums chart, and landed a Top 20 debut on Billboardâ€™s Top Current Albums chart.
The soundtrack features performances by GrammyÂ® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and OscarÂ® nominee Dolly Parton; OscarÂ® nominee, GrammyÂ® and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah; BET and NAACP Award winner Keke Palmer; 11-time Singing NewsÂ® female vocalist of the year, three-time GrammyÂ® nominee and three-time Dove nominee Karen Peck; and seven-time GrammyÂ®, 35-time Stellar, 12-time Dove, five-time NAACP, and two-time BET Music Award winner Kirk Franklin. Five-time GrammyÂ®, six-time Dove, two-time Stellar Award winner Mervyn Warren produced and arranged the Joyful Noise soundtrack.
Parton, who penned three new songs for the collection, recently performed two of those songs on national TV: â€œFrom Here to the Moon and Backâ€ on the Late Show with David Letterman, and â€œNot Enough,â€ a duet with co-star Queen Latifah, on NBCâ€™s Today Show.
The third song Parton wrote, â€œHeâ€™s Everything,â€ is also on the soundtrack, which includes the filmâ€™s stars performing renditions of memorable songs originally recorded by a wide range of artists: Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Sly & the Family Stone, Usher, and Stevie Wonder.
The collection also includes tracks by some of the finest acts in gospel and R&B. Grammy winner Kirk Franklin wrote and takes the vocal reins on his jubilant new song â€œIn Love,â€ and award-winning gospel vocalist Karen Peck creates harmonic gold on â€œMighty High.â€
Dolly Parton and Mervyn Warren will be featured on Sirius XMâ€™s â€œThe Bob Edwards Showâ€ on Friday, January 20, 2012.
ABOUT THE FILM
OscarÂ® nominees Queen Latifah (â€œChicago,â€ â€œHairsprayâ€) and Dolly Parton (â€œSteel Magnolias,â€ â€œNine to Fiveâ€) star in Alcon Entertainmentâ€™s and Warner Bros. Picturesâ€™ â€œJoyful Noise,â€ a funny and inspirational story of music, hope, love and renewal.
The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.â€™s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi Roseâ€™s beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more friction between G.G. and Vi Rose. If these two strong-willed women can put aside their differences for the good of the people in their town, theyâ€”and their choirâ€”may make the most joyful noise of all.
Starring with Latifah and Parton are Keke Palmer (â€œAkeelah and the Beeâ€), Courtney B. Vance (â€œExtraordinary Measuresâ€), Jeremy Jordan (Broadwayâ€™s â€œBonnie and Clydeâ€), and Kris Kristofferson (â€œDolphin Taleâ€). Rounding out the main cast are Dexter Darden, Angela Grovey, Paul Woolfolk and Jesse L. Martin.
Alcon Entertainment presents a Farrell Paura Productions/O.N.C. Entertainment Production, â€œJoyful Noise,â€ being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film opened nationwide on January 13, 2012. www.joyfulnoisethemovie.com